How Long Should my Hearing Aids Last?

Audiologist fits a hearing aid on mature man ear while visit a hearing clinic.

Once you get used to your hearing aid, it’s hard to go without it. After all, your hearing aids are essential to connect to your world. But it will occasionally have to be upgraded or replaced just like all technology.

The normal lifespan of a hearing aid

From 3 to 7 years will be the average lifespan of a hearing aid. You will need to get regular hearing assessments to be certain your current hearing aid is still the best option for your hearing needs, and the 3 to 7 year lifespan isn’t etched in stone. Technology is constantly improving and some hearing aids need replacing sooner than others so it’s good to be open to other solutions should your hearing change.

Your hearing aid longevity may be impacted by these factors

So, that’s just the typical life of a hearing aid. Which means there are lots of individuals who may see their hearing aids last much longer. Here are a few considerations that will establish how long your hearing aid should last:

  • How frequently your hearing aids are worn: So if you use your hearing aid more frequently, you will need a new one sooner. Having said that, modern hearing aids are made to last. Perhaps, a better way to say it is that the more frequently you cycle power settings (turn the device on and off), the sooner you may need to invest in a new hearing aid.
  • Proper care & maintenance: Like any piece of technology, it will last longer the better you care for it. So, keeping your hearing aid clean and doing routine maintenance according to the manufacturer’s advice is something you should always do.
  • Build quality: Purchasing hearing aids can be a bit pricey. But, as with most things in life, you typically get what you pay for. Your hearing aid will be longer lasting if it has better construction.
  • Changes to your hearing: Most adults pick out those really small hearing aids that conceal easily. That style of hearing aid can be really precisely calibrated and will have just the right amount of power you require. If your hearing loss gets worse, you may need to upgrade to a more powerful model.
  • Functionality: Technology is always changing and hearing aids are keeping pace with those changes. If you want your hearing aids to sync with your smartphone, television, or other devices, or to just have the clearest sound, you may want to upgrade.

Can you make your hearing aids last longer?

It’s significant to note that hearing aids are a really individual thing. Usually, they will be custom molded to the shape of your ears and programmed to your particular requirements. They are also a considerable investment. So it’s a common goal to get the most that you can from your hearing aid.

And it’s one you can achieve. Taking good care of your hearing aids is the best thing you can do to be sure that your hearing aids last as long as possible. Try not to let them get wet and don’t drop them if you can help it. Obviously, doing the required cleaning and maintenance is important.

Your hearing aid will normally work well for at least five years. Whether you can get more than that is, generally, up to chance. But ultimately, you will have to make a choice. You will probably, inevitably, want some of the features that modern hearing aids provide. We can help you discover the right hearing aid for you, so call us right away for an assessment.

The site information is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. To receive personalized advice or treatment, schedule an appointment.